Peter Spearritt

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Conference paper

29 Jun 2016

Australia’s major cities have long relied on large dams as their main source of water. These dams, including Warragamba, are household names in their own cities. Some cities are blessed with good quality catchment areas, most notably Sydney, while others, including Brisbane, have catchments compromised...

Conference paper

15 Apr 2014

Why did Melbourne keep its trams, especially during the 1950s and 1960s when other Australian capital cities, the major cities in New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, and most US and Canadian cities didn’t? Melbourne now has the largest tramway system in the world, as...


4 Mar 2013

Designer Suburbs: Architects and Affordable Homes in Australia (0) By Judith O’Callaghan and Charles Pickett NewSouth | $49.99

DESPITE the growing popularity of what we used to call “home units,” over three quarters of the population still lives in detached houses in the...


18 Oct 2012

Does every Australian have a right to decent housing? Governments might say so, but they’re not doing much to make it happen, writes Peter Spearritt in Inside Story

HOUSING waxes and wanes as a topic of public concern in Australia....


5 Dec 2003

The way that land is at the heart of Australian dream: the source of wealth and security, spirituality and belonging is explored in the second Griffith Review : Dreams of Land. As interest rates rise it might be time to rethink the national hobby of...

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